Posts Tagged ‘kitchen advice’

A Kitchen Backsplash Before and After Reveal

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tile, Tips

Before adding a backsplash

Are you deciding whether or not to add or update a backsplash? Perhaps it’s your kitchen backsplash, but you’re still on the fence about making such a big change.  Take a look at the photos below and see if they give you any inspiration.

This particular kitchen looks great before adding a backsplash.  Most people would love the kitchen just how it is and not think twice that a design element, like a backsplash, is even needed.  This space looks complete.

photo 4However, if you continue to scroll down, you can see just how big of a difference  a backsplash can make in a space.  The glass mosaic tile added to the background of the kitchen really adds depth to the kitchen design.  Before the kitchen looked great, and now the kitchen has a wow factor and really brings the kitchen alive.  This backsplash looks beautiful with the wood cabinets. granite countertop, and stainless steel appliances.

The backsplash’s purpose isn’t only to add color or richness to the kitchen, but it also provides protection.  A backsplash, in general, is placed  behind countertops and the stove to help protect the walls against food that might splash up against it.  Notice, that these homeowners decided to take the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling, behind the stove hood.  This is a great solution for what to with the space behind an exposed hood.

The backsplash also helps create an embellished window frame behind the sink.  As you can see, before the window is just there, but after the backsplash installation, the window trim pops and stands out much more.  If you like the glass tile option, learn more about glass tile and its pattern, color, and sizes options on our website.  Don’t forget, we’re here to help and if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment space below!

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tips

13705181_SFresh flowers are a wonderful touch in any room in the home.  They can add a beautiful fragrance to a room as well as color and pattern.  A small bunch of flowers in the powder room or next to the bed in the guest room is a wonderful way to welcome guests.  Little touches like fresh flowers can add a lovely accent for not a lot of money. Here are some of our other favorite little touches:

  • For the bathroom, put lotions, q-tips, cotton balls, and extra bars of soap in glass jars.  Display these on a shelf or on the counter. It will make your bathroom feel less cluttered to have a uniform look to the storage.
  • For the kitchen, organize flours and pastas into glass or ceramic storage containers. You can keep these on the counter or shelf, if you have room, or in the pantry cupboard.  Use fruits and fresh vegetables in a bowl on the counter to add a pop of color to the room.
  • By the front door, or kitchen door, place a tray for boots and wet umbrellas. This will save your floors from moisture and dirt.  This way guests will know to remove their wet shoes and boots rather than track mud and water through the house.
  • If you are having guests over, place a few snacks on the kitchen island or coffee table for them to munch on when they arrive. A pitcher of ice water and glasses on the counter invites them to serve themselves if they are thirsty.

Organizing Your Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath

Are you one of those people that has beautifully organized kitchen cabinets? Would you rather die than have a junk drawer? Do you use your label maker religiously? Stop making the rest of us feel bad, Martha. For those of you who have junk drawers, cabinets overflowing with bowls, strainers, cookie sheets and appliances here are a few tips to organize your kitchen. After all when one is organized one is more efficient.

Your kitchen counters, the front areas of cabinet shelves, top drawers and the fronts of lower drawers are the place to store the items you use everyday like dishes, cups, coffee mugs, serving spoons, saucepans and skillets. Choose the most accessible areas in your kitchen to store the items you use the most.

Kitchen items that are used often but not daily like graters, strainers, roasting pans and mixing bowls should be stored on the lowest or highest shelves in the cabinets or areas in the backs of drawers. You might have to stand on your tiptoes or stoop a bit, but storage is reasonably accessible.

Items like arcane tools, seasonal items or single-use gadgets that are used once or twice a year should be consigned to the dark reaches of bottom shelves and cabinets. This group also includes seasonal cookie-cutters, holiday dishware, single-use gadgets like potato ricers, oversized serving dishes, canning jars or the waffle iron. Small kitchen appliances which, left to multiply, can overtake even the largest kitchen, dangling cords and all should be gone thoroughly decluttered.  Scrutinize before assigning them storage space in the kitchen. If you have never used that ice cream maker, donate it to a friend. If any of these items are decorative, perch them on top of soffits during the off-season. Small cabinets located over the refrigerator or oven, reachable only with a step stool, are a natural home for these gadgets.

Take some time this weekend to reorganize your kitchen. Have any tips for us? Post them on our Facebook page!

 

 

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Tips

It’s obvious, right?!? The flooring just doesn’t work in this room. The cabinets are lovely – a light maple in a Shaker style. The black countertops and matching appliances provide just the right note of contrast. However, the floor gives the whole kitchen a dull feel. This room could handle either a dark or light tile. Even a black and white pattern would liven up the space. But this flooring choice doesn’t match the cabinets and yet doesn’t look different enough to stand out from them.

The other problem with this kitchen is the general lack of excitement. Imagine the space with a colorful backsplash done in glass tile. Right now the backsplash simply mirrors the white inside the glass-fronted cabinets. This demonstrates yet another opportunity to take this room out of the ordinary that was ignored by the homeowner.

When planning your kitchen, give some serious thought to what you can do to get your guests to look twice. A little imagination and creativity and you too can have a kitchen to remember, and without having to hire a cook that makes everyone nervous.